Guide to Reducing Stress in the Workplace

Guide to Reducing Stress in the Workplace

During Stress Awareness Month this April, we have compiled a guide for employers on reducing stress in the workplace to unlock the full potential of their employees. This guide can also be beneficial for job seekers, helping them to identify potential benefits to seek in their next role.

Here are some examples of strategies and benefits that companies can implement to work towards a stress-free workplace:

Hybrid Work Arrangements

Many companies are providing hybrid working options, which enhance employees’ work-life balance and consequently reduce stress in various aspects of their lives. This change also helps to alleviate commuting stress, allowing employees to utilise this to balance their personal and work lives.

Four-day Workweek

Some companies have implemented this 4-day workweek, where employees either retain their original working structure with an extra day off or compensate for this day by working longer hours. This approach can result in increased productivity during the hours at work, reduce burnout, and improve overall well-being. Many companies in 2024 are trailing this work model, and data is still being collected on its impacts.

Wellness Programs

Companies are investing in wellness programs that promote physical and mental well-being. These may include gym memberships, mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, and free access to counselling.

Flexible Working Pattern

This arrangement, much like hybrid working, allows for better work-life balance. Flexible work can take many different forms, but some companies are trialling ‘core hours’, where employees must work, for example, 10am to 4pm and then can choose to start earlier or work later. This way, those who need to accommodate the school run or look after elderly relatives have a flexible schedule to manage these responsibilities.

Open Feedback

Encouraging open communication and providing regular feedback is essential for managing employee stress levels. It helps foster a supportive work culture and allows employees to feel valued in the workplace. This also keeps senior managers aware of any ongoing issues, enabling them to address these before they escalate.

Workload Management

This goes hand in hand with open feedback, as with open communication, managers may discover that members of their team are struggling with their workload. This can involve prioritising tasks, delegating responsibilities, and promoting teamwork to assist in reducing stress.

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